Posts Tagged ‘ Cosmetology ’

The Benefits of Externing

October 24, 2013
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The best way I can describe externing is in a way it’s like choosing a college. An Externship offers you a chance to visit a salon, observe their practices and get a feel for whether the ambiance and apprenticeship curriculum fits your personal learning styles.

There are a few things I would recommend someone to be realistic about when externing. It would be wise to ask the following questions:

1) Do you offer an apprenticeship program, and if so, how long is it?
Some programs can span anywhere between 6 months to 2 years. And since nearly all apprenticeship programs offer only minimum wage you need to be realistic to the type of lifestyle you’ll be living during that time.

2) Does your salon specialize or do you allow your stylists to cut and color?
This pertains to where you want to see yourself in the future. You may feel your talents lay stronger in one skill than the other. Or you may want to keep your career interesting by learning both. That’s up to you.

3) What’s the average employment time of your staff?
This gives you an idea of the turn-around for the employees. If the average span is more than 3 years, it’s a good sign that the staff is happy and that clientele is growing. Anything less may indicate inconsistencies in those categories.

Those questions I feel are mandatory but you should feel free customize your questions based on your lifestyle and career path.

But I would make sure that during your apprenticeship, the salon is allowing you more duties than just the basic chores of towel laundry and cleaning color bowls. You should be allowed to do at least one shampoo and observe haircuts.

Besides all those points, also just try to enjoy yourself. Try to envision what it’d be like to come to work everyday to that particular location. Because no matter what, the place you choose should just feel right.

 

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Celebration Address 9/10/2013

October 16, 2013
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I was asked to speak for our recent Cinta Aveda Student Celebration. While it is a celebration for students who have either graduated or are near graduation, I still feel as though it isn’t necessarily my graduation since I’ll still be attending the Barbering program at the Institute. But that still didn’t stop me from writing from my heart and speaking to the class.

Here is the speech:

Hi, I’m Kevin. I’m an alcoholic. Sorry, wrong meeting.

When Jenna first asked me to speak for today’s celebration, my first thought was “Great… who cancelled?” Then my thoughts turned to rage, then to denial, then anger and finally… how am I doing on time?

In all seriousness, it’s been a great ride. Sometimes discouraging, sometimes aggravating, but for the most part, all awesome. I don’t think any of us really expected to receive what we’ve received here.

From Intro classes to now has been an amazing transformation, just in the amount of tears alone. We have saved so many tissues in the recent months because of the lack of tears and our confidence alone has increased tenfold! Personally speaking, I can section and cut hair at, oh let’s say, a Beta Level!

I kid, but since we’re on the topic of what we’ve learned, praise really does need to be given to all of our teachers… educators… is it teachers or educators? Educator-Americans? I can never get that right, no matter how hard I try. Our Teach-ucators have given us what we need to succeed in our careers and we should give them a big hand, even though they should get more.

And while we are giving praise, a big hand should also go to the staff that works here at the school.

In the office, in the experience center, everywhere. They help run the show behind the show. The staff have to deal with some of the most unhappy, dissatisfied, angry, self-absorbed people on a daily basis… I’m referring to us, the students. The guests are fine.

From a personal standpoint, I have the utmost respect and love for the educators and staff here at Cinta Aveda. I came here knowing nothing, a clean slate, a piece of clay that you helped to mold, me as well as my fellow students into the pre-professionals we are about to become. I feel prepared enough to go out into the professional world and Carpe the living crap out of that Diem!

How am I doing on time? Ok, I’m being given the wrap it up sign so I’ll be brief with my notes to my fellow students. Here is what I have learned through the years that I think will help us all in the future:

Do or Do Not. There is no try. Yes, Yoda said it but it makes so much sense. Don’t try, Do. Just Do.

Stay Positive

– On that note, Drop Kick the negative out of your life. You don’t need it. It will just drag you down!

Failure doesn’t come from failing. Failure comes from quitting. Never quit!

The Paper Cups are for guests only. Do not take them home. Do not use them for Jell-O Shots. They will fall apart!

Can’t means won’t. Seriously. When you’re saying you can’t do something, what you’re really saying is that I won’t or I don’t want to. Erase Can’t from your vocabulary.

Your worst day fishing beats your best day at work. I dunno, I read it on a bumper sticker on the way in to school.

A faulty craftsman blames his tools. This is true. Never say you can’t do something because your brush or comb won’t work right. Fix it. And fix yourself.

– Develop this credo: “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome” No matter what the situation is: Improvise, Adapt and Overcome. You will surprise yourself!

– My dad once told me: “Never let anyone think they’re better than you and never think that you’re better than anyone else.” This saying has stuck with me through my life.

Now, graduating class: Do do that voodoo that you do so well!

Ruth Roche Essay & Beacon

August 26, 2013
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Ruth Roche

I have always had admiration for people who chase their dreams and actually make them come true. Ruth Roche is one of those people.

She began her career in cosmetology by dropping out of college where she was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. It wasn’t what she really wanted to do and she didn’t feel passionate about the career path she was headed in. As it turns out, dropping out of college and gracing the world of hair with her incredible talent was a very smart move on her part, if not “shear genius.”

During the span of Ruth’s career, she has won NAHA awards multiple times and has contributed to the ultimate hair bible, “Milady’s Standard Textbook of Cosmetology.” The hair industry is lucky to have such a talented artist who is so open to sharing her wealth of knowledge with those of us in the industry.

Her classes on business, current trends, and how to run a successful business have helped out so many professionals; I would love the opportunity to take a class with her one day.

Like Ruth, my life has taken many twists and turns to get me where I am today. It has taken me a solid 10 years since high school to finally get my cosmetology license. Being a single Mom, dealing with various hardships and lack of funds, I attended 3 different schools to get my 1600 hours. But I never gave up my dream.

I, too, will one day be a master stylist. In my 10 years working in the field, I’ve been published in magazines in the U.S., U.K. and in small magazine in Australia. My thirst for knowledge has gotten me where I am today, and my dream is to learn as much as I possibly can so that like Ruth, I can share my knowledge with the future generations to come. Because it is never too late to pursue your dreams.

I know with great confidence that Ruth or any master stylist’s second hand shears would benefit me in a great way. It will be one more tool to inspire and enable me to achieve an even greater career in this field.

You should pick me because, ever since middle school, friends and family have utilized what they recognize to be a natural talent for hair styling. At first, I didn’t see it. Over time, I realized I loved to look at people’s hair like a canvas and turn it into something they love to look at.

When I was growing up, I kept changing my hair styles constantly. In those days, my mother wouldn’t let me color my hair. I took matters into my own hands and was “caught red handed” when I stained my hair with red Kool Aid. Then I started cutting my own hair and really liked how I would mimic face framing like the models in the magazines.

Now that I’m older and even more passionate about hair, these 2nd hand shears would really feel like a stepping stone to my future dream.

What beacon means to me, is that I get to push myself even further in my career: meeting those who achieved greatness in our field of beauty.

Ruth Roche’s Collection

At first I didn’t want to send in an application. When I looked at those who won in the past, I was in awe of their work and didn’t think I could compare.

But now, knowing that the skills I have accumulated over the years has helped me through my schooling. And to enter into a contest and being one of the winners made my heart drop when I found out.

I was a little stressed at first when I received the photos, two were awesome, but one I received from a photographer the hair was cut off. I decided to use a photo from the past. It still went with my theme but you could tell with lighting and clothing it was from a whole other shoot. I wanted them to be as cohesive as possible. At that moment with the deadline I didn’t have a choice and putting together another photoshoot would have been too much work; I wouldn’t know if I would of gotten the photos on time.

I’m so grateful I decided to enter. Now in a few weeks I will be off to Vegas in hopes to sit near master stylists and pick their brains on the latest trends and tools they love to use. Maybe even work for one of them in another state. We will see.

Click here to read Justina’s blog after attending the NAHA Awards — where she received Ruth Roche’s Second Hand Scissors on stage!

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NAHA Awards 2013: CAI’s Beacon Winner Justina Downs’ Experience

August 7, 2013
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Justina and Ruth Roche on stage on the far right

Loved my experience at NAHA; being a Beacon winner has opened my eyes to a new beginning. I met new friends, top stylists, and people who have been in this industry forever and wouldn’t change a thing. At first I was nervous not knowing what I was getting into. But I could say I learned a lot about drive and passion in this industry. How people used hard work and dedication to get to where they’re at. That this industry is very fulfilling and a joy to be in.

When I was at Beacon, come to my surprise I was one of the Second Hand Scissor Project winners. I received used shears from Master Stylist Ruth Roche. Which was awesome since my essay was about her. Cool part was during the NAHA award ceremony, I was able to sit with all the nominees in the VIP section, go back stage and see Mario Lopez’s dimples up close, and shake hands and speak to New York’s Ruth Roche onstage and backstage.

Look at those dimples!

I can’t wait for my journey to continue in this world of beauty. There are so many possibilities and one day would like to come back to NAHA as a nominee stylist…


2nd Hand Scissors Project recipients (Beacon Essay winners)

 

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Intro Classes

August 5, 2013
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Knowing literally nothing about hair, much less cutting, color, and styling, I enrolled in the Cinta Aveda Institute. I was terrified going back to school, at 36 years old. I sat in the front row with my pen and paper out ready to learn as much as I could.

I decided to put my best foot forward and really work hard at beginning a new career. I had worked for Trader Joe’s for the last 10 years, and though I loved it, I was ready for something new.

On the side, for the last 8 years, I worked as a professional makeup artist and costume designer. Though the idea of being an artist was a romantic one, I had conceded to the idea that I would need a “real” job to make ends meet.

Educator Kevin helps hold a baby while students around him work at SF Earth Day 2013

To my surprise, Kevin Blackwell called my bluff. He was my intro instructor, and I don’t think I could have been luckier to have him as my first impression to the world of cosmetology. He was professional, fun, had a genuine passion for the industry, and above all successful.

After the third day I realized that cosmetology was an art, and living the life of an artist didn’t mean being poor, angry, and disenfranchised; like I thought for years. And the art I was going to learn to do was going to walk down the street everyday!

Once I allowed myself to have fear and acknowledge it and learn from it, I really began to grow in the Cinta Aveda Institute. Kevin was the catalyst for my enthusiasm toward the industry and really pushed me to do my best. His guidance, both considerate and straightforward prepared for my time on the salon floor.

Kevin’s introductory classes have made my experience with guests at the Cinta Aveda Institute rewarding, challenging, professional, and has ensured that I am on a clear path to a rewarding career as a cosmetologist. I am excited to move beyond the Cinta Aveda Institute, and taking what I’ve learned from Kevin; I have confidence that my next steps in the industry will be based in preparation and excitement for one of the most rewarding careers I can imagine.

Not many professionals can say that their work is grounded in the concept of making people feel good, I can.

My Experience at Cinta Aveda

July 22, 2013
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Working on a guest at the Student Salon!

My experience at Cinta Aveda Institute has been an amazing journey. I chose Cinta Aveda because it had been recommended by friends and other stylists in the city as one of the best beauty schools in the city. I am thrilled because indeed I received an excellent education. I do not have a single complaint. The people working at Cinta Aveda are very friendly and helpful which creates a great learning environment.

Learning about makeup with Stephanie

As students, we are lucky to have such talented educators. One of my favorite educators is my beta instructor Stephanie. She is a wonderful mentor and a very inspiring talented stylist. Stephanie shared her experience and accomplishments in the beauty industry with her students which was very inspiring to me and my fellow students at the school.

Practice facial and finishing up work!

I also love the products that we work with. I had never used Aveda products before I attended the institute, but they are amazing. I fell in love with the products and now I only use Aveda hair and skin products myself.

In class

I really love the environment, where everyone treats each other with respect and in a professional manner. I am grateful that I chose Cinta Aveda not only because we have amazing educators but also because of the structure of the school. I think it’s really important to have a great educational structure.

Group of friends by the fire escape

When I first started beauty school I thought it would be like the movie Mean Girls but my experience here is totally different. I met great people who I see myself being friends with for a very long time and who I look forward to work with in the business. My classmates are wonderful and have grown to me like family.

A Fashion Show for Creative Team

Cinta Aveda really prepared their students to be the best of the best. Coming from Cinta Aveda we learned great cutting and coloring techniques. I am sure that everyone who graduates Cinta Aveda is going to be ready and prepared for the real world because of the high standards of the school. Another thing that I enjoyed about Cinta Aveda is being able to participate in Creative Team. I think it’s a great experience for all students to experience working in photo shoots and fashion shows and other creative aspects of the industry.

A class group photo!

I am very pleased that I chose Cinta Aveda and thankful that I met these great people this past year. I can’t wait to see everyone grow professionally and become successful.

Another Creative Team Fashion Show!

Graduation Reflections

April 26, 2013
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As I come to the end of my program, clocking in 1600 hours as a cosmetologist, I feel so much accomplishment in myself. As for myself, high school wasn’t exactly the scene for me: homework felt overrated and friends and socializing were more important. But when I started to realize that I was graduating school, cosmetology school popped in my head quite often. So I decided to pursue the career I always loved growing up: which is hair and makeup.

Cinta Aveda has taught me so many great qualities that I plan to take with me to my future career as a cosmetologist and business woman.

Graduation at Cinta Aveda Institute

Cinta Aveda Institute rules are there for many reasons. The main reason is just to teach discipline in the work field. I feel the morals that Cinta Aveda sends out are great and a life lesson into the big world. One of our grades as students is for “being punctual,” which is being on time. Then we have being “professional,” which is your interaction with guests and educators. I feel these traits are followed by in the real world and are very serious so practicing it now will help when going into an interview.

Students who are punctual and have attendance that is outstanding receive a certificate for their accomplishment: which gives us motivation so we have great things to show our future employers. I feel the attitudes Cinta’s educators try and show us are enthusiastic, creative, and understanding, which when working with all types of different people can come in handy.

I have grown up so much during my education and I owe a lot of it to my educators and friends at school. It was somewhat of a wake up call to reality for me. I love what I am doing and I know with the education I have received I will love doing it for many years to come. The hard work does really pay off, even with the good and bad days I will never take back anything I have learned from school.

The most important thing I think Cinta Aveda Institute taught me was to always keep your head high and to never let go of your goals and dreams.

How-To Care: Thick Hair and Hair Re-Growth

April 8, 2013
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As most ethnic women (like me) would say, having thick hair comes naturally for us; volume, weather, and heat are a floating recollection. We use the highest heat to try and flatten out our mane, don’t use product with fear that it will poof out, and steer clear of anything resembling humidity. What we fail to realize is we can’t keep taking our naturally voluminous locks for granted. Poorly treated hair, no matter what the density, is unhappy hair. I’ve noticed the clients of mine who have this trend also have a common complaint, “why is my hair thinning out?”

via Google

Proper hair care comes in all shapes and sizes. First and foremost, if you keep applying heat to a hair follicle that repeatedly gets this abuse without having any buffers to restore the strength, the hair follicle eventually will become damaged enough to not be there anymore. Of course heat damage isn’t the only problem for hair thinning / hair loss. Environment, stress, hormone change and genetics all have effects on your growth. Taken all of this into consideration, I have a solution for you poor souls who feel you’ve gone from fab to drab: PRODUCT! But the right kind.

Aveda is known for being ayurvedic and green. Their products work with the protein (called keratin) your hair is made up of and solves the problem you’re facing in a holistic approach. Quite frankly, it’s the only way to save any problem.

Invati is their new line for hair re-growth. If you’re just having a problem with your hair being thin since birth and want thicker hair, they have their Pure Abundance line for that. Tackling hair re-growth has never been easier than investing in Aveda’s Invati line. Yes, there are many at-home ayurvedic rituals you could research and waste time trying to figure out. Personally speaking, I’ve done it, and it’s draining when you wait those 4-6 weeks to see results only to realize it hasn’t done anything!

Having recommended Invati to my clients, I’ve seen with my eyes the results of fuller, denser hair in 2 weeks time. Don’t be afraid of product: it’s worth the investment, and you can add “thinning hair” to the list of floating recollections.

Cinta Aveda Institute Educator: Chelsey

March 8, 2013
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In my whole 14 months of being at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I have never met a someone quite like Chelsey. I fortunately was privileged enough to have this beautiful woman as my teacher for my last half of Alpha and the last half of Gamma. Where do I even begin to describe her?

CAI Educators & Students having a laugh

If you have ever met her, you will never forget her ever-so-vibrant hair! I’ve never seen someone so drastically change their hair color and have it look so FABULOUS! Her hair always looks so effortlessly flawless! It’s dumbfounding at times. Not only will you remember her hair but there’s no way you can forget the overcoming feeling of joy and happiness that she instills in every soul that she encounters. Even the most harsh and cold people could never resist that feeling. She is one of the few people that I have ever met that will never take out her bad days on others. She has such a motherly quality to her that just makes you want to hug her and let her soothe your troubles away. Not only is she the sweetest lady you’ll ever meet, but she is HILARIOUS! She knows how to make anyone laugh even when it’s a rough time. Her energy is just so contagious.

Other than her beautiful qualities as a human being, her teaching skills are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Chelsey has the perfect balance between education, discipline, and fun. I’ve learned more from her not only in education but she is so insightful on different tips to help us shape and personalize our own techniques and make things easier on us as we learn. She knows how to break things down for her students so that we fully take in what she is giving us. I think my favorite thing about Chelsey is that she never, ever talks down to us. She is gentle, friendly, and when she has to discipline it’s never angry or hostile. She knows how to perfectly show us her authority without being “the bad guy.”

She makes me feel confident in what I am doing and when I don’t, she does everything in her power to help me fix that. She is an amazing woman and I will never forget her. Love you Chelsey!

Eyeliner Trends Version 2.013

February 28, 2013
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Hey Everyone-

I know its been quite some time since I’ve updated my blog but I had to stop and take a moment to share with you all the changing styles of eyeliner.

via Pinterest

Currently Summer 2013 Fashion Shows are being held in various Metropolitan cities all over the world and what many fashion designers are calling for are more modern, futuristic looks with hair and makeup.  Of course, these aren’t the “Back To the Future” renditions of what they thought fashion would be in the 2000′s, but it is definitely an advancement beyond the typical winged eyeliner.

One makeup artist who is pushing the envelope with eyeliner design would be Val Garland.   In Val’s looks, there always seems to be a great balance between her calculated architectural structure and her imaginative creativity.  She respects the shape of the eyes and face, however knows where to “think outside the box” and make it more enhanced.  Now I know a lot of people are probably thinking, “I could NEVER get away with wearing something like this on the day-to-day” and I totally get that.  However, these trends are supposed to really just inspire and motivate you to try something different and tweak something about your current style of doing makeup.

Makeup by Val Garland

 

With Spring just around the corner,  I think the most fun and creative version of eyeliner you could do would be utilizing a vibrant color of eyeshadow and lining the top of your already existing black or brown eyeliner.  It doesn’t have to be applied super thick, just enough that when your eyes are open and at a natural state you see the hint of color.

Just something fun and new to try in case you’re bored in your rut. ENJOY! -RR*

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My Cosmetology School Experience at Cinta Aveda Institute

February 20, 2013
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My experience at the Cinta Aveda Institute was really amazing to go through. At Cinta Aveda, I learned the unique techniques to become a successful hairstylist. I am coming to the end of my time as a cosmetology school student. I am graduating on March, 28th and I am so excited; I cannot wait to be done and have my cosmetology license. The school provides us all the tools we need for to be successful in the real world I personally think
the school is a perfect fit for everyone who wants to be a professional cosmetologist.

They have really good educators who are always supporting you, and they are always proud of the work you do. They care about your education and that we all get the most out of it. They are going to share all their knowledge in the way you understand; they are very respectful with the students and offer a wonderful environment to be in. From the moment I walked into this Institute I felt I belonged.

The professionalism that this school showed was amazing. All the different things I learned every time I stepped foot into this place always keeps my head spinning. I am proud to tell people that I attend the Aveda Institute and I am sure that when the program is finnished I’ll be proud to say that I learned all the special techniques from the Aveda Institute.

At Cinta Aveda you will learn everything you need to know in order to be a successful Cosmetologist. I have learned so much and my life has changed because I have something to call my own in terms of achievement and success. Aveda has made me want to accomplish my goals and dreams. I love the Cinta Aveda Institute.

 

Jacqueline Liapiz
Student of Cosmetology

My Time at the Institute.

February 14, 2013
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After almost seventeen months I am finally approaching the end of my time here at the Cinta Aveda Institute. I am so grateful for the knowledge the institute has given me as well as for how much my personal and professional skills have expanded. My experience here from the time I walked in to have my initial interview to now has been overall a great one.

I chose to attend Aveda after looking into a few other schools in the area, and I feel that this was by far the best choice. When I came for my tour everybody seemed friendly and fairly goal-oriented. I loved how clean and neat everything looked and the fact that sold it for me was that I would be using amazing products that I believe in.

I was really excited to start and Kevin, my intro teacher, could not have been more perfect for introducing the basics and the products. I was nervous at first but he is an amazing teacher and I think that he does a great job at keeping everybody feeling comfortable as well as staying on task.

Once I moved to the student floor I learned so much, I can’t even believe how much I have learned in such a short time. All the instructors here are very experienced and amazing at what they do. I am so lucky to be learning from such a talented group of people.

The Aveda color line is amazing and even though I am more interested in cutting I love that we can formulate to get the perfect color every time. Starting off with a more complex, customizable line will definitely benefit the Aveda student in the future whether or not they decide to stay with the Aveda family after their time at the institute.

After completing my sixteen hundred hours here I will feel prepared and confident while going into the industry and finding the right salon for me. I still have a lot to learn but the fundamentals that have been instilled in me here will stick with me forever.

Since I am approaching my end date I have been reflecting on my time here and I can honestly say that it has been overall a great time. I have made friends that I know will stick with me for life. I’m not going to lie and say that every moment here has been perfect, I have definitely had my ups and downs, but after all the blood, sweat, and tears I have become a better person and have learned how to work hard and be on time.

The institute has not only taught me how to cut and color hair, but also how to maintain a professional image and a work-friendly attitude. I have grown so much during my time here and I thank everybody who has helped me along the way. I am excited to finally graduate and start my career as a cosmetologist!

Discovering Cinta Aveda

February 2, 2013
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I came to Cinta Aveda Institute in May of 2011. I had always had an interest in doing hair, however I never really recognized it for what it was. I was always the person who was asked to do a friend’s hair when they needed it, partly because I was very creative with my own hair, especially my own color.

I used to do my own color in my tiny dorm room in college. I started doing my friends’ hair by cutting my roommate’s hair. Gradually people just started asking me, and I started doing it. If I didn’t know how to do something, I researched it online and tried it out.

As I was nearing the end of college, I was doing regular cuts and color for most of my friends. I had an “Ah-ha” moment when I realized that I could do this everyday as a career and get paid for it. At the time I was about to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in photography. As I was making my way through college, I had started realizing that while I love photography as an art from and I love to do it, I didn’t want to do it as a career, day-in day-out.

via Pinterest (Cinta Salon)

I started looking into cosmetology schools as a possibility for when I graduated. At the time, the economy was horrible and new college graduates didn’t have much hope for getting a job right out of college. It was all around a good time to start an education in cosmetology.

In looking into schools, I soon found out that many beauty schools only focus on getting their students to pass the state board exam, but they didn’t focus on actually teaching students how to succeed in a salon environment. I wanted a school that would help me transition into a higher-end salon. I knew I didn’t want to graduate and then immediately go on to rent a chair somewhere.

I researched and toured several different schools in the area. Cinta Aveda Institute impressed me immediately when I walked in. It struck me because everyone was so professional and welcoming, it was really a place I wanted to be. I haven’t regretted my decision at all. I am a few days away from graduating from their cosmetology program, will be moving on to the barbering program, and I am very excited to be finished and going out into a salon.

Trashion Show & Jeans For Greens!

January 26, 2013
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Earlier this year (last year) I participated in the Aveda Trashion Show. Every year Cinta Aveda throws a fashion show / competition to help raise money for the Clean Water Fund. The outfits are made completely out of recycled materials, and hair and makeup done in that extravagant hair show way.

Trashion Show Model

At our school, we helped raise money by doing what we called Jeans for Greens. At school we have a dress code of all black. But, for several months leading up to the Trashion Show, we were permitted to wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays if we donated five dollars to the Clean Water Fund ourselves. We exceeded our goal! Although the Trashion Show is a runway competition for professional salons, as a school, we got to participate in the fashion show, but not in the competition. The clothes we made (mostly dresses of some sort) were primarily made from newspaper, coffee filters and rope made from braided newspaper. I worked on three models, two of which had short hair. The two with short hair I did a curling iron set on and sprayed them up with some Control Force, into a sort of wave effect. The long-haired model I added some green extensions to her vibrant red hair. I french-braided her hairline across the front and teased it up to give it some flare. The back I took into a french twist. The green tails of the extension I left out and sprayed up into a nice fan on the side of the twist. Voilà!

Why I Chose Cinta Aveda Institute

January 3, 2013
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I’ve always admired Barbers and the way they work, their shops, clientele and what they do. When I was a kid, my dad would always take me to the Barber Shop to get my hair cut while my mom always went to a salon. I have several friends who are Barbers and I spend time hanging out with them in their shops and as the saying goes: “Spend enough time in a Barber Shop, you’re going to get a haircut”. So, with the resurgence of Barber Shops, it’s now time for me to learn Barbering.

So my quest began with looking up the various Barber Colleges in the Bay Area. There weren’t many so I figured it would be easy, right? Yeah…not really. I toured three different Barber Schools and kept seeing the same thing: not a lot of happy students and no one (even the educators) seemed to be interested in being there. It felt that everyone was there to just learn the basics and get out to make that money. I found myself telling the admissions coordinators (at one school there wasn’t one) that I’d take the information and think about it. In short, I was starting to feel discouraged about my decision to become a Barber.

While visiting one of my friends, a recent graduate of Cinta Aveda, told me to try out the school. He told me how much he enjoyed coming to the school and while it was only Cosmetology, he got an awesome education and the school looks good on a resume. So I decided to check it out. I went to the website to set up an appointment to view the school, receiving a call within that same day from both Jocelyn and Katie to set up an appointment for later in the week. This amazed me because the other schools I looked at never set-up an appointment that fast. In fact, they never called me back in the first place. I had to “drop-in” to the other schools to get a tour or info for that matter.

Pinterest: Barbering

My appointment was on a Wednesday with Katie. We toured the school and I noticed that all the students on the salon floor were not like the other schools, everyone wanted to be there. All the students seemed like they wanted to learn and to do their best. This was evident on the salon floor and in the classroom too. Everyone was excited to be at this school! When it came down to brass tacks, Katie and I sat down to talk particulars. I expressed that originally I wanted to be a Barber but I could learn Cosmetology first and maybe go on to a Barber Crossover elsewhere (in California, Cosmetology and Barbering are both 1600 hours and an additional 400 hours for the crossover to get both licenses). I was then informed that Cinta Aveda was beginning to offer Barber Crossover to Aveda Alumni only so it was possible that I could get my education for both licenses at one school. That was it! That was what made my decision final.

Cinta Aveda Educators and Students

While on the school tour, I was more interested in coming to Cinta Aveda Institute than to any other school. But finding out that I could learn to be a Cosmetologist and a Barber from the same institute cemented my decision. This meant that I could put in my 1600 hours, learn from some amazing educators and set my state board test dates with the knowledge (and confidence) that I can pass that test, both tests, from the same institute. I signed up that same day. Two days later was the orientation class and the following Tuesday was my first day in school. Never in my life have I ever been so confident and the least hesitant in making such a quick decision!

My time here at Cinta Aveda Institute has been amazing! I’ve met some seriously creative people, some amazing educators that never seem to run out of things to teach and some awesome tricks to help me in my future as a Cosmetologist (and Barber, but let’s not get the cart before the horse).

Students at a Volunteer Event!

I am currently in the Alpha phase of school, on the salon floor and cutting hair already. I get to work alongside of the very first Barbering class coming out of Cinta Aveda (and I’m also their shave model…talk about win-win) watching those students learn and grow alongside of us. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in Cosmo and look forward to starting the Barbering phase as soon as I finish my 1600 hours. For the first time ever in my life, I’m not looking forward to the day when I’m done with school.

If you’re hesitant about learning Cosmetology or Barbering, I recommend coming to the school to take a tour. You will see how awesome this school is!

Natural Ways To Tame Your Curls

December 4, 2012
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Here are some helpful ways to give your tight curls a slightly looser spring without all the health risks and hair-damage associated chemical treatments.

Model with Thick Curls

1. Add Panthenol to the mix

Panthenol is water-soluble, which means you can add it to your shampoo
and conditioner. I like to make my own de-tangling mix. I add water,
conditioner, and panthenol in a spray bottle. It helps to de-tangle my mane
and relax my out-of-control curls.

2. Coconut Mask

My mom uses fresh coconut milk and lemon juice in her hair to tame her
mane, so I have been doing this since I was a little girl. Get fresh
milk from one coconut, mix it with half a cup of freshly squeezed
lemon juice and leave the mixture to chill until it thickens up into a
creamy whip. Apply this mask on your hair and let it sit for an hour
repeating the process two to three times per week until a desired
result is reached.

3. Easy Twist Bun

This is the easiest and fool-proof way to get loose curls. I like to
shower at night, and blow-drying is such a daunting task before bed!
So after your shower, simply twist your wet hair up into a bun. And
its magic by the time the sun rises. Wear until your hair is
completely dry or damp. Release your hair and finger-style your soft
waves. I sometime scrunch in a little Phomollient Styling Foam by
Aveda, to add a light control.

Twice Charity Event: Laurent Gallery

November 19, 2012
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Yesterday, on Sunday November 18th, there was a charity event by Twice at the Laurent Gallery in San Francisco. I had not heard too much about it, and was not sure what to expect. Twice is a secondhand fashion brand, where you can buy or sell designer clothes online. At the event you could bring clothes and sell them or swap with other people selling their clothes.

Source: Twitter @KMG311

This was their first time holding an event and I was so happy to be a part of it. They had a DJ and a catering service as well. The founders of Twice previously worked at Google and discovered that there wasn’t a website where you can buy secondhand designer brands. I think it is a great idea because I always have clothes that are still new and not worn that just don’t fit anymore, or that I don’t wear.

Source: Twitter @stealthypoo

They partnered with Cinta Aveda to do touch-ups with hair and makeup. I signed-up to help with the makeup and it was a great experience. All the people that came were so nice and were having a lot of fun.

Source: Twitter @suki

There was also three other girls helping with makeup and 4 hair stylists. Some of the women that came in didn’t have time to do their makeup so they were thrilled that we were there. It was fun just to have everyone in the room have their makeup and hair done up.

Source: Twitter @AnnieRobertso13

 

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Take Control Of Your Future

October 30, 2012
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I began my education at The Cinta Aveda Institute a year ago. I decided to enroll based on the suggestions of a few of my friends. Sure, I had styled my own hair, however I had never really touched hair prior to my intro classes.

Additionally, I didn’t realize the passion that the institute would help me develop for the industry of cosmetology.

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I have two degrees already, one in advertising and a second in creative writing. Neither of which I am currently using.

I was incredibly skeptical of The Cinta Aveda Institute considering I have already earned an “education,” and I can say my prior experience with higher learning has left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t believe that my time spent at the University was spent wisely. Sure, a lot of the responsibility fell on my shoulders, but I can see many ways I was failed by the University system. I was never told the practicalities of the professional world and upon graduating I was set free with no real world experience and an astronomical debt.

I hold true to the idea, that any place of education that costs so much to require major financing has an obligation to its students to give them every opportunity to succeed. Yes, I believe that a huge responsibility falls on the shoulders of every place of higher education to: open doors to their students and aid them in applying what they are learning in real life, and give them a fair shot at paying back their education without the fear of financial insecurity for 20+ years.

As far as opportunities for students of The Cinta Aveda Institute, I have been met with enthusiasm and encouragement from industry leaders in the San Francisco area. I got hired at a salon in Union Square almost immediately after enrolling. I guarantee having The Cinta Aveda Institute on my resume helped me land the job. That alone has put me on the fast track to working as a professional stylist in the cosmetology industry.

I have been encouraged by my educators to push myself toward success, and my successes at school I have carried to the work place. I am excited to transition to a stylist in-training at my job.

I keep close photographic records of my cuts, colors, and styles at school and I share them with my current boss and other stylists in the city. Showing this seemingly minimal excitement has put me ahead of the game and I now have a number of salons contacting me for potential jobs.

Although, I have moments of fear and frustration at school, I know that if I continue to put my best foot forward I will have a solid education and experience behind me to reach my dreams and work professionally; and, most importantly, pay back my debts and live comfortably. I am confident that The Cinta Aveda Institute has given me the tools, the drive, and the foundation to be a great stylist.

Young, Wild and Free Summer Fashion Show

October 25, 2012
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Being a part of Creative Team not only gives Cinta Aveda students a chance to explore their inner artistic side, but also allows us to make connections with other stylists and potential guests; therefore, taking us out of our comfort zone from school and letting us flourish within an unfamiliar setting. It’s a great opportunity to receive hours outside of our three-day school week, and helps with building our future portfolios and resumes. Eastside West (located on Fillmore and Greenwich) hosts a fashion show once a month on Thursday nights with different designers and promoters. The last show we participated in was the Young, Wild and Free Summer Fashion Show, which included designers from Bay Area Swag, Liv Fashion Boutique, Zoe Bikini and 31 RAX. It’s a great experience to work with volunteer models that have a variety of different looks, body structures, backgrounds and hair textures. The setting is fast-paced and crowded, but we work as a team to be efficient and make every model look unique and beautiful. We are fortunate to have students who are just as amazing in makeup as in hair.

Video: Young , Wild and Free Fashion Show

Although the space is small and power outlets are a hot commodity in our designated area, everyone has an amazing time meeting new people, taking photos, and expressing their talent. This last fashion show contained looks that required big, curly, crazy hair and more subtle make-up. Upon arriving, we immediately take any models that have already arrived and do a curling-iron hard set on their hair. This is to ensure that we have ultimate body and a base to work with when doing the final touches. The men models tend to be more simple and modern with little work needing to be done, which leaves more focus on the woman. We need to use enough products to guarantee that the hair will out-stand three to four outfit changes, the heat produced by the overwhelming crowd that comes to check out this event, and the girls tendencies to constantly play with their hair. Overall, doing Creative Team events like this is an amazing experience and fortunate to have it at this school!

Our next fashion show, The Young, Wild and Free Halloween Fashion Show, is coming up Thursday, October 25th!

 

A Year Later

September 17, 2012
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Since is my last week of school, I thought I would write about what I have learned in cosmetology school over the past year. It is really hard to believe that it has been a year. It is weird thinking of the person I was a year ago and the person that I am today.  Not just my skill level as a stylist, but personally as well.  Getting married and finishing school and moving away from the towns and coast I grew up on, I guess I am just being a little nostalgic. Whatever it is, I am filled with gratitude for everything I have been taught at my two Aveda Institutes, by my teachers and peers and from life experiences over the past year. I think it will be good for me two write all these thoughts out, and I am going to try to not tear up as I write this.

So first I am going to write about the technical things I have learned about the beauty industry.

1: DON’T FIGHT WITH YOUR HAIR

I spent most of my teen years trying to have different edgy haircuts that did not work well with my hair texture. I flat ironed my hair every day. I used some heat heat heat on my hair and did some damage making the process of trying to make my hair do what I wanted even more difficult. Learning this lesson was a biggie for me. Right after I started school I bleached my hair and SEVERELY damaged it (it felt like limp spaghetti). Luckily I didn’t lose any hair and it didn’t fall out of my head. But, yet again I was hurting my naturally beautiful hair because I was trying to make it do something completely UN-natural. So I am not saying don’t color your hair, I am just saying try and enhance what you have. Get haircuts that work with the hair texture you have. These will be the most flattering for your face as well. Get color that enhances your natural color and makes it really beautiful and stand out. DON’T bleach your hair for 10 hours straight because you just have to be platinum. 😛

2:WORK TOWARDS A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU

Trust your stylist to show you the best way to style your hair. Of course there are scumbag stylist that just wanna make a quick buck on product sales, but most of us are genuinely trying to help you make your hair look and feel how you want on a daily basis. A reoccurring theme among my clients happens when I am shampooing them or right after a blow-dry. “I wish I could have this every day! Can’t you come to my house and do this in the mornings?” Now I am aware most of them are joking,  but the thing clients seem to not understand is you can have a VERY similar experience at home. Our bodies are triggered by scents. You can carry lots of memories in your sniffer. Smells make you remember. Soooo at home in the shower as you are scrubbing you hair if you are smelling that wonderful smell you were smelling as I was shampooing you (with something I recommended to help you with whatever hair issue was ailing you) your brain will take you back to the relaxing experience you had in the chair, enhancing your at home experience. — using the products on your hair I recommenced and letting me show you how to blow dry and style your hair every day enhances your experience at home. The smell can take you back to the salon and you can walk out of the bathroom feeling like you did (or at least close to) when you left my chair. Honestly, I would never tell someone use something if it wasn’t going to work for you. SOME stylists are scumbags looking for product commission, but hey those people are in every business don’t judge us all by the scumsters.

3: BANGS

When in doubt less is more. After finishing my hours at my first aveda institute in North Carolina I went out for a pedicure with two of my favorite instructors. While having a relaxing foot rub we began to talk about the oops and uh-ohs of hair school. They told me a story about the bangs one of my fellow students cut that were so far up the forehead they were barley bangs and the face framing another student cut that included most of the woman’s hair being cut to the short face frame length. Fringes, bangs, side sweep whatever – they seem so delicate and impossible when you start cutting hair. Making an uh-oh in the back of someone’s hair, that can be worked with, covered up, or fixed. Bangs….not so much. To all cosmo students: When you start working on clients, have an instructor cut all the fringes, face frames and everything delicate, and WATCH THEM. Pay attention its how you learn. Then start cutting them yourself. And like I said LESS IS MORE. Give yourself some wiggle room. You, your instructor, and your guest will GREATLY appreciate it ;]

Ok so top three hair things I have learned over the past year.

1. Emotionally I feel as though I have greatly matured over the past year. I have been through a lot of ups and downs. I started my year of school with the end of a messy and destructive relationship and starting school was my new beginning . Unfortunately I found that there are a lot of people out there who are selfish and only care about themselves. There have been a few teachers ( who I believe know who they are) who I would really like to thank for saving me. (And now is when I tear up) I truly believe I wouldn’t have emotionally made it through without you. No one in my class in NC liked me. The drama and the things said and done were out of line but I made it through. And it was the wonderful teachers that really helped me do this. Many days I didn’t think I could make it through another day in that place. Only a couple know this but I was severely depressed and some days I just wanted to die or disappear and didn’t think I could keep going. To the teachers that showed me I could keep going and could keep doing this thing you will never know the impact you have made on me. We may keep in touch or may not, but sincerely I want to thank you for helping me start my journey and making it through. You have been a blessing to me more than you know.

2. To everyone at Cinta Aveda I must say you completely changed my outlook on this industry. You truly showed me what this industry is supposed to be. I enjoyed going to school here. You made it a peaceful learning environment that really helped prepare me for life after school. You made me see that not everyone sucks. All of the staff is caring and loving and so so so helpful to students. Even just little things you all do, that you may not even think about, make such a difference to me coming from a place that I felt as though no one cared. Thank you for opening my eyes and giving me hope in people and this wonderful industry. I am so blessed to have finished my education in such a wonderful school.

3. Overall, Keeping myself guarded, but letting people in when I need help. Perseverance. Never ever give up. Never let anyone stand in the way of accomplishing your dreams. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Karma is real and will come back around to you. When someone is unkind or hurtful, don’t return it. Always act in a way to be able to walk away when all is said and done with your head held high and proud of the person that you are.

So I learned a lot about hair and much more about becoming a better person and what a reward it is to serve others.

Thank you to everyone, my family, my fiance, my friends and teachers. You have helped me grow in enormous ways and I can not wait to start my journey in the “real world”